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Richard Albert PROCH

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PROCH, Richard Albert

Richard Albert Proch, 87, of Marlborough, died Tuesday, (August 20, 2013) at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 31, 1925 in Bristol he had lived in Terryville and East Hartford before moving to Marlborough in 1972. He was the son of the late Albert and Ethel (Nyborg) Proch. Richard had served his country as a Staff Sargent in the Army Air Corp. during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received. He was part of the famed 390th B17 Bomber Group that bombed Germany. He flew 6 missions before being shot down and badly wounded, taken prisoner and gotten out of Germany by the Italians. His hobbies where collecting vintage Cadillac cars and writing books on his experiences in the war. He was retired from Pratt & Whitney where he had worked for 30 years as a tool designer. Richard was a member of the East Hampton VFW Post, the Marlborough American Legion Post and the Marlborough Moose Lodge. Richard was a Disabled American Veteran. He is survived by his son James R. Proch and his wife Maureen of Bristol, a sister Janice Tompkins of Bristol, and a grandson Barron A. Proch. He was predeceased by a grandson James R. Proch II.
The family will receive friends on Saturday Aug. 31st from 10-11 a.m. in the Spencer Funeral Home 112 main St. East Hampton. Burial will follow in Marlboro Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the 825 Brook St I-91 Tech Center Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave online condolences please visit www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 25, 2013
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